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Lockdown Locks !

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Many of you are undoubtedly avoiding all mirrors in the house and waking up in despair at your hair! You are not alone and in these unprecedented times rest assured there are many more imperative things such as health, family and happiness to worry about. That being said it has a major impact on our mental health if we feel a mess. There are some things we can do to ease the pain.

Firstly, you can treat you hair to time, care and attention you would ordinarily not be able to give. So try leaving your conditioner on a little longer to allow it to really soak through the cuticles of the hair shaft and penetrate properly to help repair damage. Maybe even using that deep conditioner/treatment that you have at the back of the shelf that you were given last xmas (or was it xmas before!)

Spend more time on a head massage when applying conditioner. Hairs food and nourishment is the blood supply, therefore massage draws blood to the surface and feeds the hair follicle. This means regular head massage can promote hair growth at a time where some may have issues due to the stress of our current situation. It ultimately is also relaxing and if you can persuade someone else to massage your scalp even better!!

Some people struggle with fragile and brittle areas of hair, particularly around the hairline. Often this is due to excessive styling of these areas and sometimes due to tying hair back into ponytails and such like. Being at home may mean that you can use hot hair tools less frequently and leave your hair down, both of which will help improve brittle areas.

Now covering those tell tale roots can be more challenging from home and unfortunately many of my clients are already in touch with news of their “home hair accidents”. If you feel up to trying to use styles that obscure your parting, this is the way to go. Using a zig zag parting can work well. To do this you use a pintail comb (or skewer?) start at the front of your hair on the parting line. Zig zag along the parting towards the crown then pull the comb up and divide the hair. This will give a little body across the parting and hide the root area. You could also try backcombing a little at the roots to help hide an obvious root.

Now if you absolutely can’t stand the line and feel desperate enough to reach for the box dye, (for me should be a last resort!) then hopefully you are aware of the depth of colour your stylist uses. The encouraging news is that the colour numbering system is universal for professional and non professional colours and whilst you may struggle to obtain the correct tone you can get fairly good match of depth. So the first number is the depth and lets you know how light or dark you are. I would advise you get someone to carefully apply to your root area only with a basting brush to avoid sticking it all over your hair.

Hopefully that’s of help. Next time I may be forced to explain the safest way to let your husband/son/daughter cut your fringe. Here’s hoping we will all be back under the care of professionals before that is necessary!

Stay Safe and embrace the roots, I am certain that this lockdown will inspire a future fashion!!!

Greg and Ashley.


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Bridal Hair

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This article is brought by Ashley Taylor of Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith. This month she talks through bridal Hair and the many choices brides face preparing for their big day.

This season has exploded with weddings in the Lake District and people are coming from far and wide to marry in Cumbria’s beautiful churches and exquisite hotels. This year yet again there is a shift in bridal hair design. For years I have had numerous brides recreating the Kate Middleton wedding style which was simple and elegant, however not always compatible with Cumbrian weather! This year the move is more towards “hair up” and this for me is much more suited both the weather and the busy and often stressful situation of a wedding day.

Brides need to consider where photos are being taken, if outside will you want to be panicking about your hair flying around in the breeze? Are you commuting from one venue to another which again can affect the longevity of the hairdo? Is there a veil and are you going to wear it all day or not? Many of my past and future brides venture onto a boat as part of their day. This is lovely …but…you may look like you have been dragged through a bush by tea-time!

Then there is the dress. The neckline will dictate the hairstyle and a brides physical attributes will also affect this. For example a bride with a nice slim neck and shoulder line will want to wear her hair up to accentuate these features. You can soften the look with dropped pieces of hair around the face and neck. Smaller brides may want hair placed higher on their head with detail at the top to lengthen their whole image.

This year there is a move towards hair braids and hair twists. This is a much softer and more bohemian look and works really well for people who prefer less structured looks and a more natural approach to their image. I think this works well with flowers in hair and even ribbon/material woven through the hair. Many with this look will opt for detailed clips/flowers or flatter less bulky headpieces as this image doesn’t always work with large tiaras which are more suited to more classical bridal styles. I would always advise a practice as it really puts a bride at ease to know what she is having and also to check tour initial hair plans are suited to you, your dress and plans for the day. As with dress hunting, people have ideas of hairstyles that don’t work when sampled! Brides often end up having a style that they didn’t think they would as tastes change once you start experimenting with styles and this is why a practice is very important. It is important to get it right for you as you will have to view these pictures for years to come and want to know that you won’t wince at your choice of style after a few anniversaries!


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Wedding hair preparations.

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Brides spend much time deliberating over the special hairstyle for their big day. However once the decision is made we need to think about how best to prepare our hair to make it look its most shiny, bouncy and healthy.

I always advise a small trim about a fortnight before the wedding. This refreshes ends and revitalises the hair.

If a brides hair is coloured and dry i would advise a treatment. This normally can be achieved by using a deep conditioner for a few weeks leading up to the wedding day. However brides need to not use it the wash before their wedding hair up as it may look greasy and be too soft!

I advise most brides not to have their hair freshly washed for their wedding hair as grips slip from the hair more easily and the hair can often be too soft to manipulate into style.

 


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easy pin ups

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This article is brought by Ashley Taylor of Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith. This month she talks through pinning up hair and quick and easy solutions for getting your hair up.

Early this year I wrote about the upcoming hairstyles and touched on the pin up looks that are going to be hot this year. Whilst plaits and tousled hair are in this spring we will see much hair tied up as it is not yet quite bright or warm enough to release our locks! Getting your hair up and looking fashionable is now not as hard as it once was. As the current fashion is messy and unstructured  this makes our lives easier.

One way to pin is to twist sections at the side and then secure with pins at the base of the neck. This can be easily done with one section each side or you could take numerous smaller sections to build a more detailed look. This is good for hair that is wavy/curly.

A simple pleat can be created by gathering your hair in a ponytail at the back of your neck in your hands and twisting it upwards until you have a sausage shaped piece of hair running vertically up the back of your head. Then you hold the hair in place whilst putting pins in horizontally across the pleat into the crease. Any hair left at the top of the roll can be fanned out to give a soft look. You can also buy decorative crocodile type clips that will hold the entire roll without the need for grips. This look is ideal for all ages.

A great way to secure a pin-up is to start with a ponytail. Then place pieces of the ponytail in little rolls and pin or scrunch sections and pin for a rougher effect. A really good way to secure the ponytail is to use a small elastic hairband (although I often use horse plaiting bands as they are stronger!) and pop two Kirby grips on it. Gather the hair into a ponytail and whilst holding it pop the Kirby grip into the base of the ponytail then wrap the elastic around the ponytail whist keeping your thumb on top of the inserted grip you must do at least one rotation around then pop the remaining grip into the base of the ponytail also. This is a more secure way than the traditional method and often gives an instant facelift!! A really current trend for the younger generation this spring is the top knot which would start with a secure ponytail and then twist the ponytail and wrap it around its own base and pin it. This season the higher this is placed the better!!!


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Look new with new look prize at Greg Malloy Hairdressing.

Greg Malloy is proud to announce we are partnered with clothing giant New Look in their current promotion. Lucky winners can receive a free wash and blow dry at our Penrith salon.

To claim your prize you follow instructions on your winning voucher and make sure to quote that you are a new look winner upon booking your free treatment.

Happy shopping and we look forward to welcoming our winners!!